“ Conceptronic Grab'n'GO Media Giant Pro - Digital multimedia receiver / HDD recorder „
Conceptronic Grab'n'GO Media Giant Pro will set you back around £165.00 which is what I bought it for onlline from a computer site with free deleivery.
Is it worth the money ? well I think so.
The Conceptronic Grab'n'GO Media Giant Pro is is a highly advanced and full featured network HD media player and hard disk recorder in one.
it comes with an easy to follow instruction manual and connects to the power socket in your home, use the extra powerline adapter to connect to your PC or home network and that's it.
It has a touch screen design for easy use and can record live television, television programmes just like a VCR, it records directly from live TV, DVD player, digital set top box, etc as well as being able to record or copy directly from a digital video camera.
It also has an easy-to-use interactive television program guide that displays TV listings on the TV screen and besides recording, it plays all sorts of photos, music and movies in HD quality up to 1080i resolution. The content can be played locally from the hard disk or from the network.
TV format: PAL/NTSC.
Built-in analog TV tuner.
HDMI, Component, Composite and S-Video video outputs.
Component, Composite and FirewireTM video inputs.
Analog and Optical/Coaxial digital audio output (SPDIF).
10/100 Mbps ethernet port .
Optional: 200 Mbps Powerline adapter (UPA compatible).
Supported video formats: DivX, XviD, WMV9, MPEG 1/2/4, AVI, SVCD, VCD, JPEG, MP3 (VBR), WAV, SRT and VOB (IFO).
USB 2.0 port (to connect directly to your computer) and USB 2.0 host port.
DLNA 1.5 and UPnP AV compliant.
Measurements: 25 x 23 x 8,5 cm (WxLxH) (almost half the size of a traditional DVD/HDD recorder).
Compatible with Windows 2000/XP & Vista.
It comes with a bundle of assesories to get you set up which are
Network Media Giant Pro
3x (Yellow / White / Red) Phono/RCA lead
1x (Orange) Phono/RCA Coaxial lead
3x (Red / Green / Blue) Phono/RCA lead
RF Aerial lead (male to female connector)
RJ45 network cable
Scart to Phono/RCA Audio + Video + SVHS in/out adapter
200Mbps power plug adapter
Remote control including batteries
Instruction cards (multiple languages)
User manual (multiple languages)
So what do I think.
I'm quite impressed with the package, it is a little smaller than an ordinary VCR so fits nicely into any television shelf, the front lights up blue asnd the touch screen for easy operation is very handy as you don't have any fiddley buttons to navigate around.
The instruction manual is easy to follow and the setting up of this was easy and I managed to do it alone without shouting for help.
On the back of the box is the sockets for the cables and USB lead and the TV in and out for your coax each part is labelled so you know what goes where when setting it up.
It has a built in fan for cooling which you can hear when starting up the box but this soon gets lost in the noise of the room once it's on.
It has a remote control for easy use if you are sitting away fron the box and the controls are just like most other DVD remotes, it takes a few days to get used to the controls but this is easily mastered with practice once you've remembered what button does what.
It has zoom for better viewing and a Media button which bring up the media files and also a live tv button and the guide for choosing the viewing options on television.
All in all it gives good viewing in HD you can copy all your MP3 files onto your Media Giant and stream your music which is one of my favourite features.
I have to say I love this machine and would recommend it to you if your thinking of getting one.
The Media Giant Pro combines a full featured network HD media player with a personal video recorder. You can record all your favorite TV shows and movies thanks to the built-in analog TV tuner. You can also record directly from your DVD player, camcorder or set-top-box (for digital cable or satellite) with the composite AV input, component video input or the digital FireWire input. The Media Giant Pro is a high definition network media player which plays all your digital movies, photos and music from the internal hard drive or over your network. You can stream directly from your computer or from compatible storage devices like the Grab'n'GO NAS products. The device is also a DLNA 1.5 compliant media server, so you can stream all your content (even your recordings!) to other compatible network media players or computers. With the integrated 200Mbps powerplug adapter and the bundled 200Mbps powerplug adapter you can easily create a high speed network connection through the powersocket, without the need to draw any cables to your livingroom!